Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Second Chances
Author: Rain Carrington
Series: Second Chances #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 197 Pages
Publisher: AAS Publishing
Release Date: November 4, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Having everything he needed and wanted in his life for the first time, Brian Lauder was perfectly happy. He had a career that he loved, a home, friends and a submissive that he adored. One he thought he’d held at a big enough distance from to protect his heart. That was all before Morgan stepped back into his house and his life.
Morgan Cherik was everything a man could want. Beautiful, driven and eager to kneel for his Master, but he’d left without a word two years before to follow his dream, leaving Brian to pick up the pieces of a shattered heart.
Now he was back and Brian was torn between wanting to feel that love he’d never been able to shake for Morgan, or punish him and let him go. Then there was Pez, the young college student who had helped him heal. How could Brian let him go?
As Morgan begins to make amends, Brian knows that he cannot get over the other man who’d left his life for Brian’s happiness. Will the memory of Pez come between them, or bring them closer together?
Review: This story is about Brian, a guy who seemed to have it all and his life happy where he wants it. Then, Morgan, the guy he loved but who up and left him without so much as a word two years prior, shows up asking for a second chance.
When the story begins, Brian is in a sort of relationship with Pez. It seems they share a mostly D/S relationship, but there are obviously feelings there on both sides that neither have shared for different reasons. Knowing Brian was in love with Morgan at one time, and most likely still is, Pez pushes Brian to give Morgan a second chance and he walks away.
The positive thing here is that Brian doesn’t just take Morgan right back, he makes him work for it and really earn his way back in. While this is going on, we see a lot of Brian at work, which was quite interesting, as he is a counselor at a women’s prison, and there were quite a few characters and things going on there that I’d have liked to see more of.
I never really warmed up to Brian and Morgan together. Maybe that is due to not really getting to see much of them in an actual relationship. We see a lot of Brian being dominant and controlling Morgan through his penance. Morgan seems a bit whiny and self-centered. He knows he screwed up and is willing to do anything to make it up to Brian. Neither really grabbed a hold of me.
Pez, on the other hand… I adored what little we saw of him. I found myself turning pages just in the hopes of seeing more of him. He took the high road and let Brian go, hurting himself in the process. He seems to be the opposite of Morgan in many ways. He goes on a bit of a bender and really doesn’t seem to be in a very good place at the moment. Brian still has feelings for him and realizes he loves both men. I really hope Brian can catch up to him in time to make things better.
This is the start of a series, and I’m really looking forward to the next one to see how things pan out. I’m hoping to see a little more in the way of actual relationships between these guys, and if Brian can bring Pez into his and Morgan’s relationship, how he will manage two subs at once, how the two subs will handle competing for the attention of Brian, etc.
The story moves along at a good pace in some aspects, but in others, not so much. There are a lot of reminders of what happened two years ago, which seemed a little repetitive, but with this being the first book, I’m thinking of this as the background/build up and am expecting the next one to really take hold.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*